Top Ups for stu­dents with few­er op­por­tun­it­ies

From the 2022 project onwards, students with a disability or chronic illness, students with child(ren), students from a non-academic home and working students can receive a Top Up amount of 250€/month in addition to their regular Erasmus+ grant. Participants with a disability or chronic illness as well as participants with child(ren) can claim real costs. If you would like to apply for real costs, please contact Ms Boubaker at least two months prior to your mobility start date.

You apply for the Top Up amount with the help of a questionnaire in Mobility Online after the corresponding section has been activated for you. The information you provide there is sufficient and you do not need to submit a separate application by email or similar to the International Office.


Stu­dents with chron­ic ill­ness

  • Chronic illness with additional financial needs abroad
  • Declaration on honour in which the beneficiary confirms the admission requirements and the existence of evidence, as well as the agreement to keep this evidence available at the request of the sending higher education institution

Stu­dents with dis­ab­il­it­ies

  • Degree of disability of 20 or more
  • Informal application for special funding by e-mail
  • Copy of disability pass

Go­ing abroad with child(ren)

  • At least one child is taken along during the entire stay abroad
  • Amount independent of the number of children
  • Application also possible if the partner is travelling with the child; double sponsorship of the child must be excluded
  • Copy of the birth certificate(s) of your child(ren) as an upload in Mobility Online.
  • After the stay abroad: Keep proof that your child(ren) was/are abroad with you (e.g. airline tickets) on request to the International Office.

First-time aca­dem­ics (stu­dents from a non-aca­dem­ic home)

  • Both parents or caregivers do not have a degree from a university or university of applied sciences
  • Upload in Mobility Online of a declaration on honour in which the beneficiary confirms the admission requirements and the existence of supporting documents, as well as the agreement to hold these documents at the request of the sending university.

Em­ployed stu­dents

  • The employment must have been continuously pursued for at least six months with a time reference to the mobility.
  • The period of employment must lie within a time window of 6 months before the application for the mobility and the time of the start of the mobility.
  • The employment in the sending country is not continued during the stay abroad. Termination is not a prerequisite, the employment contract can also be paused.
  • During the minimum period of exercise before application, the monthly earnings must be above 450 EUR and below 850 EUR (net earnings of all activities per month added up).
  • This is employment subject to social security contributions. As a rule, self-employed activities and dual/part-time study programmes with a fixed salary are excluded.
  • Verifiable records must be kept and evidence must be provided in the event of random checks by the International Office.

Stu­dents with severe dis­ab­il­it­ies

Upon application, you will receive the additional financial needs up to €15,000 in addition to the regular Erasmus+ grant. An individual assessment is made of the expected additional costs that are likely to arise during the Erasmus+ mobility or in the host country and are not covered by other cost units. For example, additional costs for barrier-free accommodation, travel assistance, medical care abroad, adaptation of learning materials or an accompanying person are taken into account.

  • Degree of disability of 20 and above
  • Funding can only be applied for periods funded through Erasmus+.


  • This type of special support requires a detailed application for special support. You can obtain the application documents from the International Office. The detailed application must be submitted to the DAAD at least 2 months before the start of the stay abroad
  • Copy of Disability Pass
  • Rejection of other funding institutions (integration offices, health insurance, landscape associations, social services, student services)
  • After the stay abroad: proof of the costs arisen (plane tickets, rental contracts, work contracts with support staff, proof of payments etc)